From Mark Mardell's Euro blog, a comment that needs to be read.
Mandy Warmerdam wrote:
that the decision has been made, I feel I must speak up for the sake of
democracy.I am a citizen of the Netherlands, and a proud 'Nee'-voter. I
did not believe in the EU Constitution, and as soon as word of this new
treaty reared its ugly head I knew it would be little different of its
Even with the final text still largely
shrouded in mystery, it has become clear that this treaty is indeed
largely the same as its rejected parent.To freshen the memory, for
those who have forgotten: At a turnout of 62,8%, a rough 62% of the
voters said 'No'.
This was a nation's vote
of no-confidence, and there was absolutely no doubt that our nation did
not want this constitution or anything to do with it, and so even Prime
was forced to admit this on national television, in a state that seemed
almost near tears.His words were: “The Dutch people have spoken
tonight. It is a clear result. Naturally I am very disappointed. The
voters have given a clear signal that cannot be misunderstood. We must
do everything we can to involve citizens in the Europe of the future.
The cabinet will engage itself in that.”
It is two years later, and Balkenende
is still (or rather, once again) our Prime Minister. He, his party, and
his cabinet seem to have conveniently forgotten about this statement.
As a result, I am forced to consider him a liar.Worse yet, I consider
him a conniving, backstabbing liar. The cabinet was well-aware that the
chances of the people voicing a mass 'Nee' in a second referendum are
This man is clearly not a
man of his word, and not worthy of any trust. If such a man is at the
head of our government, then the conclusion must be, tragic as it is,
that the Dutch people can no longer trust their government.
words must seem awfully strong and passionate, but the government seems
to have forgotten the meaning of the word 'democracy'; a nation
governed according to the will of its people. In fact, it is starting
to reek of dictatorship, and I find the odour particularly unpleasant.
is not yet lost, as the lower house still has a say in the matter and
there are many supporters of 'Nee' present. They might still be able to
get a referendum through, and in that I put my hope.
In conclusion, I can only add that Prime Minister Balkenende
deserves nothing save my, and the Dutch nation's, heartfelt contempt.
He and his cabinet have disregarded the will of their people, the fact
that they are supposed to represent a democracy, and in certain cases
have gone so far as to break their word. I fear I must speak my
personal vote of no-confidence and call this treason, and I think it is
time for Balkenende and his cabinet to step down.
all need to publish other EU countries “Peoples” comments just to
remind ourselves that we are not alone in our belief that all
politicians are treating us all (EU wide) with contempt!
REMEMBER THE REAL CLASH IS NOW BETWEEN THE AUTHORITARIAN AND THE LIBERTARIAN
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